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Backpack Modification

Postby flyfisher70 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:27 pm

Currently I own a Gregory Z55, it's a nice backpack. The specs say it weighs 4+ lbs but I just don't feel it's correct, it actually seem much lighter. Anyhow it has an inside pocket for a hydration bladder that I don't use. I just don't need to be carrying so much water when in the Sierra. I made a few slight modification to carry water up front on the straps. The idea is not mine I got the idea from a fellow fly fisher Richard Cullip. Richard had a similar carrying system. I thought it would be a good idea post some of the photos I took of my own modifications that I made to my own backpack.

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This image above is of one of the shoulder straps with a shock cord looped and tied to the shoulder strap. The shock cord is placed here to keep the water bottle from swinging while walking. Super easy to do, I recycled the shock cord from an old cycling jacket that I never use anymore.

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This is blue para cord that has all the inside strands removed to lighten up the cord and make it easier to sew. I sewed the cord vs tying a knot to try and get a cleaner look. I hope it will hold up over time. If it doesn't I guess I will have to go with a knot.

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This is what it looks like finished and ready for the water bottle. I'm using recycled Gatorade bottles for carrying my water, I believe they weigh 1.5 ounces which is very nice. Oh the plastic hooks were cut off the back of my pack, I think they were supposed to be used for carrying an ice ax, I don't carry one and don't plan on carrying one so off they went.

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The end results with a full water bottle above, and two Gatorade bottles below, one full and one empty. I like it so far walking around the house, need to take it back on the trail and really test the system out.
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Hope this is helpful to anyone looking for an easy modification to their backpack.



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Re: Backpack Modification

Postby ERIC » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:04 pm

Nice rigging, and great photos! Cheers!!
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Re: Backpack Modification

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:04 am

Osprey packs have something similar which is made for trekking poles but
can be used for other items as well, it's the first photo you see in this link. http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Apy ... =yfp-t-900
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